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July 16th, 2019 Baptist Health South Florida

Kenneth Spell Named Chief Executive Officer of Homestead Hospital

MIAMI, FL – July 16, 2019 — Kenneth Spell has been named chief executive officer of Homestead Hospital, a 147-bed hospital that is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. He succeeds Bill Duquette, who was named chief executive officer of South Miami Hospital.

Mr. Spell has been part of the Homestead Hospital executive leadership team for 12 years. Most recently he was vice president of operations, where he oversaw all ancillary services and managed multiple physician group agreements and services. During his tenure at Homestead Hospital, Mr. Spell led the implementation of two electronic health records, expanded the Hospitalist Program and oversaw the addition of the new Pediatric Hospitalist and Laborist Programs.

Prior to that, Mr. Spell was with Baptist Health’s Strategic Planning and Business Development department, where he served as a planning officer for several Baptist Health hospitals. Among his accomplishments in that role, he supervised the expansion of Baptist Hospital of Miami’s Emergency Department and associated campus zoning, as well as the architectural design and buildout of Homestead Hospital’s existing shelled space, adding an additional 27 beds.

“Ken’s extensive experience at Homestead Hospital, combined with his deep knowledge of Baptist Health, make him distinctly qualified to lead the hospital and continue to build on the great work accomplished to date,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health. “We are proud to see him move into this new role, bringing to it his commitment to excellence and dedication to the patients and families in the communities we serve.”

In addition to his hospital leadership role, Mr. Spell is active in the community. He is a Board member and former Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He serves on the Board of New Hope Corps, a non-profit organization that serves the South Miami-Dade community. He also is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives – South Florida Healthcare Executives, and the American Hospital Association – Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Mr. Spell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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